November 03, 2008
Family Excursion Turns Into a Rescue Mission
Day In the Life of an Outdoor Enthusiast - Posting # 2
There is no question that RIBs are the choice of vessels for most military, commercial, and emergency organizations in need of highly versatile craft for rapid response. Although my 19' RIBCRAFT is set up for recreational purposes it is good to know that the basic boat is designed for these types of uses. I am well aware of the time it takes to maintain lesser quality RIBs and the value of purchasing a top quality boat from the start.
When I worked with RIBCRAFT to custom design my top, we put in a tow hitch high on the frame for towing water skiers and wake boarders. One of my requirements throughout the construction of the boat was that it be of top quality and tough. Little did I know that the very first towing my boat would experience would not be a kid on a wake board but a 45’ catamaran and a 38’ monohull off a reef.
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when we hopped on our 5.85 to enjoy a lunch on a small island when we witness a 38’ monohull under main sail ground itself on a reef. Soon after, a larger 45’ catamaran arrived on the scene to offer assistance. After a bit of yelling and lines being thrown, it was apparent that the catamaran was also in need of assistance.
I grabbed my mask and snorkel, hopped on my RIBCRAFT and rushed to the seen. The monohull was grounded and the catamaran was resting 90 degrees with its starboard side against the stern of the monohull making a “t”. The rescue line was tangled in the prop of the catamaran. The waves were now pushing both boats against the reef.
The captain of the catamaran threw me line which I secured around the tow hitch. I was a little hesitant to test my new boat and tow hitch in this situation, but had no choice but to act quickly. As the line pulled tight I notice the catamaran would not straighten out and was being pulled broadside to my stern and to the wind. Upon closer inspection I realized that I was not only pulling the catamaran sideways up wind, but also the 38’foot monohull that was secured to the catamaran.
With just one tow, my little RIBCRAFT 5.85 with a 115 horsepower engine managed to free both vessels from the reef. This initial test only reaffirmed my insistence in having only the highest quality boats. Suffice it to say that my tow hitch should be plenty strong to pull a water skier or wakeboarder. It is this type of quality that originally attracted me to RIBCRAFT and a reason why years later I am pleased to share my stories as a testament of their product.
From Dave Pettigrew, a RIBCRAFT 5.85 customer
Posted by ribcraftusa at November 3, 2008 06:33 PMBack To Index